2022 Academy Awards: “CODA” and “Dune” Top the List of Winners

The cast and producers of
The cast and producers of "CODA" accept the award for Best Picture at the 94th Academy Awards. Photo by Myung Chun/Los Angeles Times/Shutterstock (12869374eq)

The Academy Awards returned to the Dolby Theatre on Sunday and gave us another amazing celebration of cinema that we’ll never forget. Dune topped the list of winners at the end of the night with a total of six awards, while the Oscar for best picture went to the Apple TV+ drama CODA.

The race for best picture was uncreditable until the very last moment, but CODA managed to beat the likes of The Power of the Dog and Belfast to win the biggest award of the night. It made history as the first straight-to-streaming film and the first film with a predominately deaf cast in leading roles to ever win this award.

Denis Villeneuve’s Dune topped the list of winners with a total of six awards, mostly in technical categories. CODA was right behind with three, including best supporting actor (Troy Kotsur) and best adapted screenplay (Sian Heder). Despite topping the list of nominations with twelve nods, The Power of the Dog only picked up one award—best director for Jane Campion.

Kotsur was in pretty good company in the acting categories, where all of the prizes went to major front-runners: best actor Will Smith (King Richard), best actress Jessica Chastain (The Eyes of Tammy Faye), and best supporting actress Ariana DeBose (West Side Story).

The 94th Academy Awards took place on March 27 with Regina Hall, Amy Schumer, and Wanda Sykes hosting the festivities.


Best Picture
Philippe Rousselet, Fabrice Gianfermi and Patrick Wachsberger, Producers

Actress in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain
The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Actor in a Leading Role
Will Smith
King Richard

The Power of the Dog
Jane Campion

Music (Original Song)
“No Time To Die” from No Time to Die
Music and Lyric by Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell

Documentary Feature
Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent and David Dinerstein

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Screenplay by Siân Heder

Writing (Original Screenplay)
Written by Kenneth Branagh

Costume Design
Jenny Beavan

International Feature Film
Drive My Car (Japan)
A C&I Entertainment/Culture Entertainment/Bitters End Production

Actor in a Supporting Role
Troy Kotsur

Animated Feature Film
Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Yvett Merino, and Clark Spencer

Visual Effects
Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor, and Gerd Nefzer

Greig Fraser

Actress in a Supporting Role
Ariana DeBose
West Side Story

Makeup and Hairstyling
The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram, and Justin Raleigh

Production Design
Production Design: Patrice Vermette; Set Decoration: Zsuzsanna Sipos

Film Editing
Joe Walker

Music (Original Score)
Hans Zimmer

Live Action Short Film
The Long Goodbye
Aneil Karia and Riz Ahmed

Animated Short Film
The Windshield Wiper
Alberto Mielgo and Leo Sanchez

Documentary Short Subject
The Queen of Basketball
Ben Proudfoot

Best Sound
Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill, and Ron Bartlett